BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hamilton E. James
Chairman of the Board
Hamilton E. James has been a director of the Company since August 1988. He was the Lead Independent Director from 2005 until becoming the non-executive Chairman of the Board in August 2017. He was previously President and Chief Operating Officer of The Blackstone Group, a global alternative asset manager and provider of financial advisory services, and is currently its Executive Vice Chairman. He is also a member of the board of directors of its general partner, Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. He was previously a director of Credit Suisse First Boston USA, Inc. and was recently elected co-chair of the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, of which he has been a member of the board of directors since 2010.
Susan L. Decker has been a director of the Company since October 2004. She is Chief Executive Officer and founder of Raftr, a digital media product, launched in 2017. She also serves as an adviser to several Internet start-ups. During the 2009 school year, she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School. From 2000 to 2009, Ms. Decker served in various executive management roles at Yahoo! Inc., including President from 2007 to 2009 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2007. She is a director of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Vail Resorts, Inc., SurveyMonkey and Chime and was previously a director of Intel Corporation and Pixar.
Kenneth D. Denman
Kenneth D. Denman has been a director of the Company since March 2017. He is a Venture Partner at Sway Ventures, a venture capital firm. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Emotient, Inc., a developer of software technology to analyze facial expressions, until the company was acquired by Apple in January 2016. Previously, Mr. Denman was the Chief Executive Officer of Openwave Systems, Inc. and iPass, Inc. and a Senior Vice President for MediaOne. He was Chief Operating Officer of MediaOne International based in London. He is a member of the boards of directors of VMWare, Inc. and Motorola Solutions, Inc., where he is the lead independent director. Previously he was a director at ShoreTel, Inc. United Online, Inc., and Mitek Systems, Inc. Mr. Denman was appointed to the Edward V. Fritzky chair as visiting professor at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in 2012. Mr. Denman sits on the boards of the Foster School and the University of Washington Foundation.
Richard A. Galanti
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director
Richard A. Galanti has been a director of the Company since January 1995, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since October 1993. He was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company from January 1985 to October 1993, having joined as Vice President-Finance in March 1984. From 1978 to February 1984, Mr. Galanti was an Associate with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation.
W. Craig Jelinek
President, CEO and Director
Craig Jelinek has been a director and President of the Company since February 2010, and Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2012. Mr. Jelinek previously was President and Chief Operating Officer from February 2010 until January 2012, and was Executive Vice President in charge of merchandising beginning in 2004. He spent the previous twenty years in various management positions in warehouse operations.
Sally Jewell has been a director of the Company since January 2020. She is a member of the board of Symetra Financial Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Life Insurance Company. From June 2019 until May 2020, she served as the interim Chief Executive Officer of The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental non-profit organization. She served as the Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. From 2005 to 2013, she was the CEO and from 1996 to 2013 a director of Recreational Equipment Inc., a retailer of outdoor recreation equipment and services. Previously, she worked in commercial banking for 19 years.
Richard M. Libenson
Richard M. Libenson has been a director of the Company since October 1993. He was a director of The Price Company from its formation in 1976 until October 1993 and was an executive officer of The Price Company from 1976 until October 1989, when he retired from active involvement as an officer of The Price Company. He served as Chief Operating Officer of The Price Company from August 1986 through October 1988, and Vice Chairman of its Board from October 1988 through September 1989.
Charles T. Munger
Charles T. Munger has been a director of the Company since January 1997. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Daily Journal Corporation.
Jeffrey S. Raikes has been a director of the Company since December 2008. He is a co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, which invests in youth-serving institutions to make them more effective in supporting young people, especially the most marginalized. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Raikes held several positions with Microsoft Corporation from 1981 to 2008, including President of the Business Division from 2005 to 2008. He serves as the chair of the Stanford University Board of Trustees.
John W. Stanton
John W. Stanton has been a director of the Company since October 2015. He is the Chairman of Trilogy International Partners, Inc., which operates wireless systems internationally, Trilogy Equity Partners, which invests in wireless-related companies and Chairman of First Avenue Entertainment LLLP, which is the owner of the Seattle Mariners. Mr. Stanton founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Western Wireless Corporation, a wireless telecommunications company, from 1992 until shortly after its acquisition by ALLTEL Corporation in 2005. He was Chairman and a director of T-Mobile USA, formerly VoiceStream Wireless Corporation, a mobile telecommunications company, from 1994 to 2004, and was Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Stanton was a director of Clearwire Corp. from 2008 to 2013, Chairman between 2011 and 2013, and interim Chief Executive Officer during 2011. He is currently a director of Trilogy International Partners and Microsoft Corporation and was previously a director of Columbia Sportswear Company.
Maggie Wilderotter has been a director of the Company since October 2015. She is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Grand Reserve Inn. She was the Executive Chairman of Frontier Communications, a public telecommunications company, from April 2015 until April 2016. Mrs. Wilderotter served as Frontier's Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2015 and Chairman of the Board from December 2005. Prior to joining Frontier, she was a senior vice president of Microsoft Corporation from 2002 to 2004. From 1997 to 2002, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Wink Communications, an interactive telecommunications and media company. Mrs. Wilderotter was previously a director of Xerox Corporation, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Cadence Design Systems, and The Procter & Gamble Company. She is currently a director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lyft, Sana Biotechnology, and Chairman of the Board at DocuSign. Mrs. Wilderotter served in 2016 on the President's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.